Success Academy Charter Schools is a public charter school network in New York. It is the largest and highest performing school. Currently, the network has fourteen thousand students and operates forty-one schools in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan. Since being founded in 2006 by Eva Moskowitz, the network has grown to be larger than ninety-five percent of school districts.
The teachers, students, and families all have a significant role in the achievements of Success Academy. Teachers are recent college graduates and are high vetted before being employed to ensure they are qualified to deliver the standard required. They are also monitored closely. Students, on the other hand, are expected to work hard and be disciplined since poor behavior is not tolerated as it is associated with poor performance. They are motivated by being given presents if they perform well in the tests. Parents are then involved if a student is facing a disciplinary case.
Students at Success Academy
Out of all the students, almost ninety-three percent are children of color. Getting a slot on the network is not easy in the available three thousand seats available the Academy received over seventeen thousand applications for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Success Academy won the two hundred and fifty thousand dollars 2017 Broad price award. While receiving the award, Eva Moskowitz said that she is hoping to grow the network to a hundred schools with fifty thousand students. She attributed the award to them being able to reinvent, rethink and reimagine schooling. She also announced the launch of a digital platform expected to help in sharing school designs, training, curriculum and other materials with charters around the country.
The Appellate Court ruled in favor of Success Academy, supporting their decision of the network being responsible for overseeing the pre-kindergarten program as opposed to the New York City’s Department of Education. The court also ruled that the city should give Success Academy the seven hundred and twenty thousand for pre-K program. The ruling was celebrated by the other charter schools despite them having signed the contract that Success refused.